Dolphins’ Albert joins full practice for 1st time this year

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert has been cleared to practice wire to wire for the first time since being sidelined in Week 10 last season with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee.

Albert declined to say how soon he expects to play in a game, but while he’s unlikely to suit up for Saturday’s exhibition game against Atlanta, he appears on schedule to make the season opener Sept. 13.

Albert wore a brace on his knee for Tuesday’s workout in pads and shorts. His return lends stability to a line that remains unsettled at both guard spots and is viewed as the weak link in a potentially potent offense.

An eighth-year veteran, Albert was perhaps the Dolphins’ best offensive player last season until he was hurt.

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